Image courtesy of Michael Dean.
Thank you to everyone who made Old Time Christmas 2017 a success! The next one is December 7th, 2018.
Many stores opened late from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on December 8th then Friday late night shopping on the 15th and 22nd!
Search for all the elves hidden in downtown Ladysmith stores at Old Time Christmas. There will also be horse and carriage rides, carolling, ‘smores at a firepit, candle lantern workshop, Santa visits, a live nativity, and child minding and crafts.
We look forward to having you!
For this year’s event, we are looking for volunteers to assist with various tasks. Please let us know if you can help – we’d love to hear from you!
We are looking for sponsors to help cover some of our costs, including coordination, horse and carriage buggies, supplies, marketing, insurance and other incidentals. Any sponsor will be promoted on our marketing material. If you would be willing to help us put this event on by sponsoring, please contact Tamara.
No dogs allowed on First Avenue during events per Town of Ladysmith Bylaw 1155. Coastal Animal Control will be in attendance during this event.
What is the Purpose?
The purpose of the “Old Time Christmas” is to host a community event that is family friendly. To encourage residents to wander around, bumping into old friends and making new ones. And to visit their local businesses and “shop local” during the busy Christmas season as well as highlight the town of Ladysmith as a shopping destination within the region.
What does the Ladysmith Downtown Business Association do?
We promote the event through local advertising, our website, eNewsletter and Facebook page, posters, as well as print a promotional map of all the locations where events are happening and distribute them through schools and town. There will be a horse and carriage ride by donation, child minding provided by Oceanview Church, visits with Santa in his house, choirs singing, a nativity scene, a candlelight workshop, and the Elf on a Shelf campaign.
What can you do as a Business?
We encourage businesses to host an event. In the past there has been popcorn given away, hot chocolate stations, crafts, in-store specials and so much more. Be creative… what can you do that will bring in people and expose them to your business at the same time? Give them a reason to come back! Please put your thinking caps on now.
This is open to all downtown businesses, with the exception of the Elf on a Shelf campaign. We would appreciate your membership as it would allow us to do more events like this. Please consider joining the LDBA, you can join online.
Elf on a Shelf (member-only benefit) is a treasure hunt! We provide you with an elf for your shelf and community members come in to find it. This year we will be placing a sign “Find an Elf on a Shelf in this business” on your doors, to make it easier for elf hunters to know which businesses are participating. The LDBA no longer provides candy to members for the Elf on the Shelf; members need to buy their own treats or stickers to hand out, if they wish.
The Elf on a Shelf campaign is an opportunity to showcase your business to the community – perhaps to people who haven’t been in your business before.
We are also asking business to stay open late until 8 p.m. on Fridays, December 15th & 22nd. If we build this up year after year, we will all be more successful at keeping people in town to shop. Sign up for late night shopping with Tamara and be included in our marketing.